First SkimaTalk Lesson

I was very pleasantly surprised with my first SkimaTalk lesson tonight. My student was an older gentleman from Japan. We started out with some technical difficulties on my end which were quickly resolved.

After making our introductions, we jumped right into conversation! My student noticed on my profile that I studied art history, so we talked about Surrealism – including Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, and Gustave Moreau (an artist I wasn’t familiar with). We moved onto to movies and television and discussed The Lord of the Rings, The Big Bang Theory, The Walking Dead, and Once Upon a Time.

It was a really fun way to spend my first lesson and I hope this student books with me again!

More SkimaTalk

Ok, so I just signed up with SkimaTalk. I had to make a profile, upload a high quality headshot, record a short audio sample of me talking about why I want to teach with SkimaTalk, and provide a link to either my LinkedIn or Facebook for verification. Finally, I had to take a 19 question quiz on SkimaTalk. All the information for the answers is located within the text of the questions. Be careful to read everything, as you need to achieve a score of 100% to be considered. However, you can take the quiz as many times as you need to pass. Now, I’m waiting for my profile to be reviewed. If everything’s ok, you can begin by teaching 3 lessons for no charge. After, you will make $9/lesson. Once you’ve taught 10 lessons and get at least 2 ratings of 4.0  or higher, you can charge whatever you’d like. The only other things you need are Skype and an internet connection. Sweet deal, right? Check it out for yourself here.

EDIT: Just got approved to teach online with SkimaTalk!

Suddenly, Japan?!

I graduated from Seton Hall University in 2013 with a BA in Art History. For the past two years, I’ve worked multiple part-time jobs all while applying for full-time positions in my field. The closest I’ve gotten is one of my two current jobs: being an administrative assistant in a small, non-profit history museum between 10-15 hours per week. My other job right now is retail.

Now, I’ve been applying for more and more teaching English abroad positions and the number of interviews I’ve been asked to do is astounding. Why doesn’t anyone want to interview me in the field I have a degree in? *sigh*

Anyway. In addition to EPIK, I am being asked to interview with AEON, Amity, and ECC. I already knew about AEON and Amity when I started this blog. However, I just got the e-mail from ECC, and this is the interview that will make the biggest difference on my final decision (if I’m offered a position, that is).

In one of my older posts (click here), I talked about wanting to be in Japan, but feeing like South Korea would be the best option, financially. Now, I’m rethinking Japan because it seems a little more tangible.

ECC only hires around Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka. I would like to be in Nagoya or Osaka. Monthly salary is good (252,000 yen/month) and the work week is only 29.5 hours, which would leave lots of time for conducting private lessons to make some extra cash. Additionally, ECC offers 7 weeks paid vacation, which is more than any other program I’ve seen. Traveling is super high on my list if I teach abroad, so this is a sweet deal. Teachers do have to pay for rent, but ECC helps find you an apartment and you are not responsible for key money or deposit money.

Oh goodness. The struggle is so real.

Has anyone worked with ECC before? Any feedback to add to my pro/con list would be greatly appreciated!

SkimaTalk?

Has anyone had any experience with SkimaTalk? I noticed that I can sign up through my TEFL program (i-to-i) to teach with SkimaTalk and supplement my income.

It looks like teachers can make $15/hour and must be available a minimum of 10 hours/week. Potentially, I could make $600/month doing this which would be awesome, like woah.

If anyone has done this before, please let me know about your experience! Or, if you know of any other similar programs, I would appreciate that, too!